"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

12 October 2018

Mid-October Faves

It's been a busy week but I'm taking a few moments to pause and reflect on FIVE of the blessings that the week entailed.  I'm joining in at Susanne's site with other women who do this same thing. It is good to give thanks to the Lord and find the blessings among the busyness.

Here are five of my faves from the last week:

Dave and I all set for my 40th high school reunion

Photo courtesy of the Herkimer High School class of 1978!

Some of my former high school friends:
(from left to right:  Linda, Julie (we were in Music and Theater together),
me, Tammy (we were inseparable in junior high school), Chris and Cheryl T.

  • 40th REUNION!  Yes, I'm that old.  My high school, out in the central part of NYS,  had our 40th reunion last weekend and oh what a great time we had.  Dave and I only went to the dinner/dance at the country club and we had a ball.  At first I was dreading it because none of my very best friends could go.  2 didn't want to and 1 was sick.  But as soon as I got there, I was surrounded by so many former classmates who all seemed genuinely happy to see us.  I had never one to any of the other reunions, and they've had one every 10 years so.....this one was very special.  We had 7 of our former teachers there as well as our principal!!  All of them are in their late 70s or early 80s. Oh what fun we had.  I will remember it always and a couple of us even decided to stay connected and are having dinner and drinks together next month! Dave really enjoyed chatting with some of my guy friends during dinner and even though there were quite a few people I didn't recognize at all, it was just so neat to see everyone.  We were a class of 178.  22 have died and 87 of us attended  the reunion either with our spouses/partners or alone.  It was just great.

  • STILL BLOOMING!  My rose bushes are still producing beautiful blooms.  I love it.  They look very pretty and it's nice to have a bit of "summer" during the autumn.  It makes me happy.

one of our two maple trees
  • GOLDEN COLOR:  this picture doesn't look great on the blog but it's such a vibrant golden color this year.  The leaves here in eastern New York are just starting to turn the vibrant shades of orange, amber, red, yellow, and gold.  I just love the colors of autumn.  They are already at peak color in the mountains so I'm guessing we will be at peak in a couple of weeks, if not sooner.  Our bigger maple hasn't turned yet but the one in the pic, a bit smaller, is just so pretty. I love when the morning sun hits it.

  • TEXT:  I'm thankful our youngest daughter texted me the other evening.  It was so good to hear from her.  I'm excited too because tomorrow, Courtney and I are getting up very early and getting on the road to drive up and over Vermont to NH and then across NH to UNH on the coast to spend the day with Claire.  Dave can't make it but he will see her at Thanksgiving.  I'm so thankful for technology that keeps us connected when talking on the phone isn't possible.

  • BAG OF BOOKS!  It was raining on Columbus Day so I cancelled the hike I was supposed to go on, and headed for my sister Joy's house to visit with my aunt and uncle who were up from Virginia.  While I was at Joy's I browsed her stash of novels and came home with a bagful!  Joy likes to buy books whereas I tend to go to the library. I told her at this rate I won't need a trip to the library until well after Christmas!  I'm thankful for family and good books!  It was a fun visit.

 That wraps up my week.

I hope you all have a great weekend doing the things that bring a smile to your face.


Barbara H. said...

How fun to be able to attend your 40th reunion! I'm so glad you got to go and had a good time! My roses are still blooming, too - so pretty. I love the color of yours. The leaves just started turning in earnest recently, so we're hoping to see some of that beautiful fall color soon. How nice to glean a bag of books to read! Hope you have a good trip and a fun time with your daughters!

Karen said...

You had a great turnout for your reunion! I'm still in the same town where I went to high school, as are many of my classmates, so we tend to not have great turnouts, which seems odd. I guess we see each other a lot in between. Our fall colors are slow to arrive this year. I've heard it's because we had such a hot, dry summer. We had a bit of snow last week -- too early for my liking. Nothin' better than a bag of books! Enjoy the weekend, Faith.

Wendy said...

Looks like you had fun at the reunion. What a good turnout too. Yes technology can be a blessing and a bag of books is always welcome. We did a book swap at our family gathering in the summer. Enjoy your time with Claire.

Susanne said...

Glad you had a great time at your reunion. Amazing that some of the teachers and principal were able to go too! A bag of books is always a blessing in my opinion! Can't wait till you share what you're reading. So nice that you and Courtney were able to do a girl's road trip to see Claire. I need to do that with my girls.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

You two both look great! It must have been fun to go to your fortieth reunion. I've never been to any of mine but maybe Joe and I will go to the next one. We both graduated together from the same highschool. That was a nice capture of books. Perfect for a stormy winter's day.

susan said...

How fun to borrow a bagful of books. Y+That is like Christmas, isn't it?
I am a library person, too, but my obsession is more digital (for my e-reader). That way I don't have to take the time to pick up the books when they come in. That is where I get most of my fines.
However, last week I did leave a surprise in a library book. That post goes live tomorrow (Tuesday). To bad you can't frequent my library. ;)
I am a big fan of texting as well. It is a simple and quick way to keep in touch between visits and phone calls. I am sure y'all had a great time together and I imagine it will be on this Friday's fave five.
How fun you were able to attend your 40th reunion. It is always great when we have a better time than expected. I have only been to a couple of my high school reunions because of the distance (Canada). But I enjoyed both of them. I keep up with a few on FaceBook. But nothing beats a face-to-face encounter.
Fall colours are such a treat. How cool to have some trees that will delight you in your own backyard.
The roses at work (white) are still blooming like your pink ones are. For us the cold, rainy season should start around Halloween. Then the blooms will be gone for awhile.
Regarding the book, Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life, the author says that a lot of our eating is mindless eating. And he wants to help us set up our world so that we can eat healthily and not have to think about it. He advocates some simple ideas like using a smaller plate, don't leave food on the counters except for a fruit bowl, make "forbidden" food hard to access, and so on. There is even a checklist to see how your home, office, etc measure up. I haven't looked at that yet.
Have a GREAT week.